During a press briefing on water projects in Mali, organized by the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands on 25 April, The Hague Institute’s senior researcher Dr. Patrick Huntjens spoke on the topic of water as a source of conflict and cooperation. The press conference was moderated by Jos van der Leij from the Ministry of Defense, and the opening speech was held by Prof. Ir. Joris Voorhoeve, from The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
Water scarcity is a stressor that can exacerbate tensions and conflict in fragile contexts. Dr. Patrick Huntjens discussed this relationship between water problems and international security and stability.
In addition, two projects were presented that hold great potential for creating clean drinking water. One of the projects addresses desalinization and the other has succeeded in extracting water from the air. Both use solar power which makes these solutions energy efficient and sustainable.
Given the consequences of resource scarcity on food security, migration flows and conflict, projects like these could contribute to stability worldwide.